Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has given a hint that star striker Luis Suarez may not play against the Three Lions in their next Group D clash in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
The Liverpool striker is currently recovering from knee surgery and did not feature in La Celeste’s clash against Costa Rica on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was on the substitutes’ bench during the duration of the encounter and helplessly watched his much-fancied side suffer a shock 3-1 defeat to the Central Americans.
Suarez did warm up on the sidelines in the second half, but there was never really a concrete chance that he would come on to help his teammates avoid the shock result. Although the player had said that he would recover his full fitness for the World Cup, he is still not 100% yet.
And now Tabarez has hinted that the former Ajax striker, who was the Premier League’s top scorer in the 2013-14 season, may not recover in time for the match against England.
‘Luis Suarez is no longer injured, because he wouldn’t have been a substitute if he was’, Goal.com quotes him as saying.
‘He was a serious doubt, you need to have a certain fitness level - you need to be able to reach the highest standard', he added. 'There were certain concerns over his fitness and it was very improbable that he would play. We will see about England’.
It seems that Suarez has recovered from his knee surgery, but is not fit enough to play a competitive match. But the former Nacional star has five more days to gain his fitness and one can rest assured that both he and the Uruguay medical team will do their best to make that happen.
The clash between England and Uruguay is virtually a winner-takes-all encounter. Just hours after Uruguay slumped to a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Costa Ricans in Fortaleza, Roy Hodgson’s side went down 2-1 to Italy in Manaus.
The match between two former world champions in Sao Paulo promises to be very exciting.